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Nice Stadium, But What About Football?

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Nice Stadium, But What About Football?

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IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 20: NFL fans wait to enter Texas Stadium before the last home game against the Baltimore Ravens on December 20, 2008 in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys are playing their final regular season home game before moving to a new stadium in Arlington, Texas next season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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We've all heard about the high end wine bar on the main concourse of Cowboys Stadium. We've all heard about the pieces of contemporary art, by world-renowned artists of any number of mediums, set to adorn "high-traffic" pedestrian areas of the stadium. We've heard about the largest HD television in the free world.

Hell, if the Russian government would acquiesce, Jerry would probably haul in Lenin's corpse, throw a Romo jersey on it, and stand it by an entrance.

But will Cowboys Stadium be a good football venue?

Given, we're dealing with the Dallas Cowboys, an annual Forbes pick for one of the most valuable professional sports franchises in the world. Selling out may not be an issue; according to recent reports, it's not.

But Dallas may have little in the way of a discernible home-field advantage, unless you count the opposition being distracted by a $2500 bottle of shiraz or the latest offering from Danish-Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson.

As Michael Irvin pointed out on his radio show yesterday, wine bars and high art do not an hostile environment, and, ipso facto, a good football venue, make.

The more sideshows attached to Jerry World, the more this will become an issue. The ultimate point of the stadium--I think--is Dallas Cowboys football. The wealthy pseudo-fans who would be drawn in by, say, a wine bar, are not the fans Jerry needs to be catering to; because when it's third and short, they're not the ones who are standing up and screaming.

Conversely, many of those who are standing up and screaming in such scenarios will have to take out a second mortgage just to see the lower level. And it's hopeful that they can get drunk solely off love for football, because, unless they're interested in selling a kidney, a buzz is about all you can hope for with those prices.

Alienation isn't the right word, but it's the first word that comes to mind.

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